Property Inspections, LLC
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What does the STATELY Experience cost?
A. We base our pricing on the square footage of the home, whether or not it has a crawl space or slab foundation, out buildings or a detached garage with quarters above. Also, we want to establish a personal relationship with our perspective Clients and that relationship starts with the initial phone call. We usually cover many of the “formalities” during this conversation and a lot of questions get answered, yours and mine. Furthermore, we respect your right to choose your inspector, so I won’t take it personally if you chose not to hire STATELY. Everyone deserves the best, but not everyone can afford the best. One thing we won’t do is “sell you” anything. The STATELY Experience and our reputation do that for us.
Q. How long will the inspection take?
A. Because our inspections are so in depth and thorough, we advise our clients to expect the inspection to last at least 4 to 5 hours for an occupied 3000 square foot home. Contrary to belief and/or reasoning, a vacant home usually adds 1 to 2 more hours because an inspector is required to test all accessible receptacles, windows and other items or systems that may have been inaccessible if the home were occupied. For this reason alone, STATELY only schedules one inspection per day. We want you to know, that for the day of your inspection you have our undivided attention and that were not rushing through so that we can make it to another appointment. That’s how things get missed.
Q. The STATELY Experience indicates that you conduct Thermal Imaging Scans. What is this and why is it important?
A. The Standards of Practice defines a real estate inspection as a “limited visual survey and basic operation of the systems and components of a building using normal controls and does not require the use of specialized tools or procedures. The inspector may provide a higher level of inspection performance than required by these standards of practice.” We choose to go above and beyond for your benefit. And to make that happen we employ a Thermal Imaging camera that will allow us to see anomalies and deficiencies that an inspector not using a Thermal Imaging Camera would not see with the naked eye. Typical anomalies and or deficiencies identified through the use of a Thermal Imaging Camera include hidden moisture damage, wiring deficiencies at receptacles or the main and sub panels, and missing insulation at required locations. Deficiencies you may want to know about, but would be missed by an inspector only conducting a “visual” inspection.
Q. Does STATELY carry Errors and Omissions Insurance?
A. Yes, we do. Not only do we carry Errors & Omissions but we also carry General Liability Insurance. STATELY carries a $1 Million insurance policy through Lloyd’s of London when most inspectors only carry the State required minimum of $100,000. STATELY carries the maximum amount with a rider to increase the amount with 24 hours’ notice should additional coverage be necessary. STATELY carries General Liability Insurance for an unfortunate event that damage occurs to the home being inspected or someone gets injured during the inspection.
Q. When will we receive the report?
A. You will receive the completed report within 24 hours of the completion of the inspection. Just because the physical inspection is over and we have left the property, it doesn’t mean the job is over. Because of the thoroughness of our inspections we usually spend at least 2 to 3 additional hours preparing the final report back at the office. This includes labeling and marking up the photos to point out small deficiencies and to confirm that what we are advising you is deficient is actual and factual. The completed report is delivered via email in .pdf format.
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